ANNOUNCEMENT! My debut electronic album “In Static, We Seek Patterns” comes out on April 7th! You can find it at duraofficial.bandcamp.com, and it’ll be pay what you want (though any donations would be accepted)!
Click the songs to hear them. I recommend headphones, a hot cup of tea and a book - put your phone away!
1. Sound Asleep // Blondie : This song just describes that state of mind where you’re craving sleep but it just won’t come to you. Packed with a whirling lullaby melody, a soothing, calming beat and Debbie Harry’s dreamy vocals - this song is perfect to wind down to.
2.Oblivion // Bastille : The basis of this song is about watching someone fall into oblivion and never managing to quite get there yourself. Starting with Dan’s clear, calming voice and a single piano, it escalates into a beautiful tangle of strings with mesmerizing electronic beats and heartwarming, layered high notes.
3.Pale Blue Eyes // The Velvet Underground: It may be decades old but for me, this song is my secret sleeping weapon. Consisting of a mellow bass, light riffs of acoustic-goodness and a pure voice singing some of the most beautiful words ever written - this song and it’s hypnotic nature will have you snoring in seconds.
4.Breathe // Of Verona: This song is purely about love, however the chorus can really help to soothe your breathing and chill you out. Starting out as just a silky voice and basic, haunting accompaniment, it gradually blossoms into a beautifully dramatic collision of cymbals, layered, echoing vocals and a lullaby-esque flooding of drums and piano.
5. Tempt You (Evocatio) // Nothing But Thieves : Pure slow-indie perfection about being tempted away from ‘the city’. It’s a mollifying, smooth vocal that will make your head spin paired with a gradual build-up of minimalistic guitar and electronic sounds - this is sure to send you into a deep on-the-edge-of-sleep feeling.
6. I Work Nights and You Work Days // To Kill A King : This song is written about someone who works nights and comes home to see their partner sleeping lightly. Consisting of a consoling, rich folk voice that lies softly alongside a piano laced with sections of heart-warming strings - this song will make your eyes feel heavy and your bones feel tired.
7.Hold You // Nina Nesbitt (ft. Kodaline) : A match made in lullaby heaven, this collaboration will have you drifting between dreamland and reality. A slightly raspy but somehow clear, Scottish female voice teamed up with a gentle and heart-wrenching, Irish male voice layered over the top of a folk-indie instrumental, this is a definite track for a sleep playlist.
8. The Parting Glass // Ed Sheeran : Now I’m not a massive Ed Sheeran fan, but this hidden track found at the end of Give Me Love from his first album (+) is so simple and yet so soothing that it had to be included. With the only accompaniment being Ed’s harmonized humming and the rest is his reassuring vocal, this minimalistic track is amazing as a lullaby.
9. Final Masquerade (Acoustic) // Linkin Park: The original version of this song was on The Hunting Party, an album that I only own on vinyl but the acoustic version was floating about on iTunes. A true acoustic featuring Chester’s mesmerizing vocal, contrasted with a lower male voice and packets of a woman’s voice during the beginning - this song is like a stepping stone to a chilled out mind.
10. Metal & Dust // London Grammar : Indie relaxation at it’s best, this song can be interpreted into many different messages. Filled with light and fluffy beats, some hidden strings possibly and dominated by Hannah’s velvet-coated vocals, this is fantastic.
“I have the original hard case version of this tape which came with the limited edition card set. The contents of the mass-produced tape are the same though. All, or at least the majority of this video was produced in Autodesk’s 3D Studio, and for the date this was first released, is quite impressive. Visuals to Music, from groups such as the Orb.
Box says: Primal forces, synthetic mindscapes, visual worlds, advanced reality. A Techno Pagan future. 21st Century visual entertainment.”
Segments: 1. Papua New Guinea - Future Sound of London 2. In The Path Of The Whale - Attic Attack 3. Fractal Zoom - Brian Eno 4. Soufie - Banco De Gaia 5. Sensorium - Bureau of Beautiful Information 6. Speedlearn - The Higher Intelligence Agency 7. Aegosopolis 8. U.F.Orb - The Orb 9. No Bounds - G.O.L.
0:33 - Papua New Guinea - Future Sound of London 7:26 - In The Path of The Whale - Attic Attack 11:50 - Fractal Zoom - Brian Eno 15:38 - Soufie - Banco De Gaia 22:30 - Sensorium - Bureau of Beautiful Information 26:40 - Speedlearn - The Higher Intelligence Agency 32:17 - Aegispolis - Aphex Twin 37:35 - U.F.Orb - The Orb 43:40 - No Bounds - G.O.L.
Beach House, especially in 2015, consistently puts out records that age like fine wine. Upon first listen before the record came out, I listened to an album stream on NPR’s site start to finish. I’ll admit that at first I really wasn’t too impressed. I missed the sort of booming drums and wailing guitars from their previous record Bloom. After the record was released however, I gradually changed my tune. The songs stuck in my brain and leave you feeling like a piece of seaweed floating in the ocean. Being jostled back and forth, swaying to and from, with the water passing you toward the shore.
This is a record that demands to be heard in headphones. Maybe that’s where I went wrong initially, who knows. Regardless of how it came to be, it definitely became one of my favorite records of 2015. The layers upon layers upon layers of each track still blow my mind as I sit and try to dissect each song, riff, beat, tone. To put it simply, this record is sublime.
This is the “Loser Edition” as Sub Pop deems it, and believe it or not, the jacket is red velvet. At first I thought this was exclusive to Sub Pop’s site, but I actually found it in my local shop. I was ready to just get the regular release, and this was quite the surprise. It comes with a download card, and inner high gloss sleeve. I love the cover, the minimalism is a nice touch.
Red velvet vinyl packaging, need I say more? Oh, and the tracks can be played on repeat endlessly with the same level of satisfaction.